One Stone is a student-led and directed nonprofit that makes students better leaders and the world a better place. Our program empowers high school students to learn and practice 21st Century skills through experiential service, innovative initiatives and social entrepreneurship.
Our work is rooted in design thinking, a creative problem solving and innovation discovery process developed at Stanford University’s d.school. The design thinking process is now taught at most universities in the country, as well as in the private and social sector, to create human-centered solutions to complex issues. Using design thinking, we can uncover new ideas that allow us to disrupt for good – improving the status quo for lasting change. Through this, students learn and practice critical 21st century skills: empathy, collaboration, communication, leadership and creativity.
One Stone disrupts for good through three platforms:
Project Good – One Stone is grounded in student-led and directed experiential service that is data-driven, student selected, and provides an opportunity for a direct connection and benefit to the recipient and the opportunity for a life-changing experience for the One Stone student.
Two Birds – Two Birds, a social enterprise, is a student-led creative services agency that provides real-world experience for students interested in learning about design, marketing and social entrepreneurship, while providing affordable creative services to social entrepreneurs, start-ups and other nonprofits. The students are mentored by professionals in the field, and are engaged in all phases of production and client management. In time and through growth, Two Birds will provide earned income that will help sustain One Stone.
Solution Lab – An open invitation to the community to bring a project/problem/new business idea to the One Stone team for potential partnership. Through the Solution Lab, organizations, foundations, existing businesses and start-ups can engage a team of One Stone students in design thinking a solution, business idea or a revolutionary product.
And our outcomes? Excellent. In a survey of 2014 One Stone seniors: